5 Places To Go To Find Writing Inspiration

5 Places To Go To Find Writing Inspiration

Sometimes we just need a little push in the right direction and some fresh ideas to conquer writers block.

OK writers, this one's for you. Whether you're a novelist, a poet, a short story extraordinaire, a songwriter or just someone who likes to scribble down thoughts in a notebook, this is for you. It's very seldom that writers run out of inspiration or things to write about, but let's be honest, it happens. We all experience writer's block or times when our brains just completely shut off and there is absolutely no cool ideas circulating. Sometimes all it takes is a little walk outside or a quick conversation with a friend; and then sometimes that's just not cutting it. So, because we like to spend time on the internet anyway, let's check out some places where writers can find inspiration.

1. Pinterest

I wish I were lying when I tell you that half of the time I spend on the Internet is spent on Pinterest. Seriously, I wish that were a lie. But alas, it's not, and Pinterest is great for DIYs (that never turn out right), cool photographs and dorm room ideas. Incidentally, it's also great for finding writing inspiration. Search anything related to writing prompts or writing inspiration -- from characters to dialogue prompts to words to incorporate into a scene -- you will find something to get you moving. I promise. (Plus you might come across a really cute notebook decorating idea or something.)

2. TheWritePractice.Com

I can't possibly scratch the surface of all the writer-oriented websites there are out there, but I personally really like this one. It's not always prompts or inspirational pictures, but there's a ton of articles about writing and publishing and the likes from other authors. If you're looking for some interesting info or something to distract you from the scene you're stuck on, then I recommend this site.

3. Sarah Selecky Prompts

Sarah Selecky is the author of "This Cake Is For The Party," a short story collection about "people who want love." She runs workshops that are all done online in the comfort of your own favorite writing spot! Hint: It costs money for a yearly subscription of everyday prompts (emailed to you), but you can find a lot of them on Google! They usually contain about two to three words or scenarios to get you writing. It's easy to fill up some pages if you just try a couple!

4. Writing Prompts That Don't Suck

Personally, I'm a huge fan of the name. A new prompt gets posted every day, ranging from a list of nouns to a sentence to put somewhere in your story. And, the mod definitely has a sense of humor! Go check it out!

5. Nosebleed Club

This blog is a personal favorite of mine. The posts are a series of five things, sometimes really unrelated, but all very original and interesting. The blog itself is full of poetry and replies to prompts, which I always enjoy reading (Support other's writings!) and is all around aesthetically pleasing, in my opinion. If there's one thing you should try for writing inspiration, it's this blog.

Well, there you have it, folks. Now go forth and write! Conquer your writer's block and get some creativity flowing! You never know what you might write.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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